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Special Collections & Archives

Details about the three repositories held at the University of Roehampton: the main Foyle Special Collections & Archives, the Whitelands College Archive, and the Southlands College Archive

Digital Archives and Research Resources

The Foyle Special Collections and Archives has a selection of digital content from its collections. This includes historical photographs, images of archival material as well as publication fragments (in addition to the Roehampton Digital Collections). The content can be made available to individuals upon request. 

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This is a freely available digital library of key texts for the Children's Literature Collection and the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, many of which historical, movies, software, music, websites on a wide range of topics.

Unique collection items & expert commentary related to History, English Literature, Children's Literature, Children's games and rhymes, Religious Studies & Citizenship, including resources from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. 

Access to British Library Databases and online collections, such as the Sound Online, The Web Archive or Digitised manuscripts, some of which are freely available. 

UK's national centre for history, dedicated to supporting historians of all kinds. The site includes open and free access resources to primarily support the research of MA and PhD students.

A virtual archive of children’s homes 1881 – 1981 with a focus on 1881 – 1918. Hidden Lives Revealed includes unique archive material about poor and disadvantaged children cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society across England and Wales and is a unique resource for anyone interested in British social history.

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to a range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. It includes free online access to some of their projects and other resources.

The Modern Records Centre, founded in October 1973, is the main British repository for national archives of trade unions and employers' organisations, and also has strong collections relating to pressure groups, fringe political parties and transport.

The Archives Hub brings together descriptions of thousands of the UK’s archive collections from more than 330 institutions across UK. It is also a great place to learn more about archives in general, what they are and how to use them for research. 

The Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent.

A wealth of information on and access to archives and historical research.

Find details of archives in the UK and across the globe.

AIM25 is a free-to-use database of archives and manuscript collections for over one hundred and fifty higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and City livery companies within the M25.

MASC25, managed by UCL (University College London) Library Services, creates a unified online resource guide to printed special collections in libraries in Higher Education institutions within the M25 Consortium.

The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries is a collaborative organisation that works to improve library and information services within the M25 region and more widely across the East and Southeast. The Consortium has 55 member institutions, comprising Higher Education, national, museum and other scholarly libraries. Its aim is to provide services and resources for the benefit of library staff, learners and researchers.